Girl at the Edge (Paperback)

By Karen Dietrich

Grand Central Publishing, 9781538732939, 368pp.

Publication Date: March 3, 2020

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Compact Disc (3/3/2020)

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"Karen Dietrich can stop your heart with a sentence."
--Paula McLain, author of The Paris Wife

Not a single resident of St. Augustine, Florida, can forget the day that Michael Joshua Hayes walked into a shopping mall and walked out the mass murderer of eleven people.

He's now spent over a decade on death row, and his daughter Evelyn - who doesn't remember a time when her father wasn't an infamous killer - is determined to unravel the mystery and understand what drove her father to shoot those innocent victims.

Evelyn's search brings her to a support group for children of incarcerated parents, where a fierce friendship develops with another young woman named Clarisse. Soon the girls are inseparable, and by the beginning of the summer, Evelyn is poised at the edge of her future and must make a life-defining choice. Whether to believe that a parent's legacy of violence is escapable or that history will simply keep repeating itself. Whether we choose it to or not.

About the Author

Karen Dietrich is a writer of fiction, poetry, and memoir. She earned an MFA in poetry from New England College. She also writes music and plays drums in Essential Machine, a band she formed with her husband. Karen was born and raised in southwestern Pennsylvania and currently lives outside Pittsburgh with her husband and son.

Praise For Girl at the Edge

"Dietrich has a writing style that feels like a breath of fresh air...
A fine psychological thriller."—Booklist, Booklist on GIRL AT THE EDGE

"Dietrich has a writing style that feels like a breath of fresh air in a genre that sometimes suffers from a sense of sameness, and her characters and their dialogue are exquisitely rendered. A fine psychological thriller."—Booklist

"Not easy to walk away from after reading the last page. Readers will find Evelyn's inner turmoil and actions haunting, and will likely never view a news story about yet another mass shooting the same way again."—

"Original metaphors and nice descriptions bolster this extended monologue of a potential killer... Dietrich's assured prose bodes well for the future."—Publishers Weekly

"Karen Dietrich can stop your heart with a sentence."—Paula McLain, New York Times bestselling author